Probably Venetian or Lombard 16th Century
Silver and Enamel Chest
blue and white enamel plaques and silver sheet over lindenwood core (red satin damask lining)
16.2 x 25.5 x 15.5 cm (6 3/8 x 10 1/16 x 6 1/8 in)
Trivulzio collection, Milan;  (Count Alessandro Contini-Bonacossi, Florence); purchased 26 June 1935 by Samuel H. Kress, New York;  gift 27 February 1950 to the Samuel H. Kress Foundation, New York;  gift 1961 to NGA.  The bill of sale from Contini-Bonacossi (see note 2) is annotated "From the Trivulzio Collection, Milan."  The bill of sale was for seven paintings and a number of decorative arts objects (copy in NGA curatorial files). The chest was described as "Venetian, 1400." A.M. Hind, in a 12 June 1951 letter to John Walker (copy in NGA curatorial files), states that Hind first heard (from Alfred Frankfurter, editor of The Art News) of the Trivulzio nielli, with which this chest was acquired, in Kress's hands in 1937.  Deposition by Herbert L. Spencer, executive director, Samuel H. Kress Foundation, 21 August 1956, in the secretary-general counsel's office files, National Gallery of Art, Kress no. 0-151.